Profiles of Presidential Candidates : 2007

Pratibha Devisingh Patil *


Fatherís Name

Shri Narayanrao

Father's Name:

Late Shri Devi Singh Shekhawat

Date of Birth

19th December, 1934

Mother's Name:

Late Smt. Bane Kanwar

Place of Birth

Distt. Jalgaon (Maharashtra)

Date of Birth:  

23rd October 1923

Marital Status

Married on 7th July 1965

Place of Birth:  

Village : Khachariawas, District : Sikar (Rajasthan)

Spouseís Name

Dr. Devisingh Ramsingh Shekhawat

Marital Status: 



One son and one daughter

Spouse's Name:

Smt. Suraj Kanwar

Educational Qualification

M.A., L.L.B.
Educated at M.J. College, Jalgaon (Maharashtra) & Govt. Law College, Mumbai


One daughter


Social Worker, practiced as Advocate at Jalgaon


Farmer and Agriculturist

Permanent Address

57, New Congress Nagar, Opp. Govt. Milk Scheme, Amravati, (Maharashtra) 1701, Vainganga, Worli Sagar operative Housing Co. Society, Pochkhanwala Road, Worli, Mumbai - 400 025
Tel. +91-22-24950888

Permanent Address: 

72, Gaurav Nagar, Civil Lines, Jaipur - 302 006 (Rajasthan)
Telephone - 0141-2225487

Position held:


Member, Maharasthra Legislative    Assembly

Present Address:

Vice-President's House, 6, Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi - 110 011
Telephone - 011-23016422, 23016344
Fax - 011-23018124


Deputy Minister, Public Health, Prohibition, Tourism, Housing and Parliamentary Affairs,  Govt. of Maharasthra

Positions Held:



Cabinet Minister, Social Welfare, Govt. of Maharashtra


Member, Rajasthan Legislative Assembly


Cabinet Minister, Public Health and Social Welfare, Govt. of Maharashtra


Member, Rajya Sabha (Council of States)


Cabinet Minister, Prohibition, Rehabilitation and Cultural Affairs, Govt. of Maharashtra


Member, Rajasthan Legislative Assembly


Cabinet Minister, Education, Govt. of Maharashtra

June 22, 1977 - Feb.15 1980

Chief Minister of Rajasthan (First term)

July 1979-Feb.1980

Leader of Opposition, CLP(I), Govt. of Maharashtra

July 15 1980 - December 30 1989

Leader of the Opposition, Rajasthan Legislative Assembly;


Cabinet Minister, Urban Development and Housing, Govt. of Maharashtra

March 4 1990 - Dec. 15 1992

Chief Minister of Rajasthan (Second term)


Cabinet Minister, Civil Supplies and Social Welfare, Govt. of Maharashtra

December 4 1993 - Dec. 1 1998

Chief Minister of Rajasthan (Third term)

June, 1985-90

Elected to Rajya Sabha

January 8 1999 - August 18 2002

Leader of the Opposition, Rajasthan Legislative Assembly

18 Nov. 1986 to 5 Nov.1988

Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha

August 19 2002

Vice-President of India and ex-officio Chairman, Rajya Sabha.


Chairperson, Committee on Privileges, Rajya Sabha Member, Business Advisory Committee, Rajya Sabha

Accomplishments and other Special Interests :

On becoming the Chief Minister of the State of Rajasthan for the first time in 1977, Shri Shekhawat launched several landmark programmes, with focus on poverty alleviation. The efforts made by the State Government under his leadership in conceiving and successfully implementing poverty alleviation programmes were recognised in India and abroad. Mr. Robert McNamara, the then President of the World Bank during his visit to Rajasthan in September 1979 was so impressed by the results achieved under the Antyodaya Scheme (one of the most acclaimed poverty alleviation programmes with a focus on the poorest of the poor) that he even described Shri Shekhawat as the 'Second Rockefeller'. The Antyodaya approach of which Shri Shekhawat was the chief architect, was eventually redesigned as Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP) in the entire country.

Shri Shekhawat has always had a vision to develop the State of Rajasthan as an economically prosperous, infrastructurally well-developed, socially forward looking and literate State. He laid special emphasis on improving the literacy level of the State. The issues such as education and upbringing of girl child, protection and promotion of the interests of the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (SCs/STs), the minorities, the backward communities and the physically challenged engaged his undivided attention. Empowerment of the poor and the deprived remained his cherished goal in life. Population explosion and its debilitating impact on the development disturbed him the most. He educated the people about the dangers posed by the growth of population and espoused the cause of adopting small family norms. During his tenure as Chief Minister, legislations was enacted prohibiting persons having more than two children from contesting elections to the grassroots democratic institutions and Cooperative Societies. For ensuring the economic well being of the people, Shri Shekhawat announced new investment friendly policies for accelerated development of industries, mines, roads and tourism. He conceptualised and executed the innovative idea of Heritage Hotels and Rural Tourism, which gave a remarkable boost to the tourism in the state of Rajasthan. During his tenure, accelerated economic growth in the State was noticed.

Favourite Pastimes and Recreation :

Reading, interacting with people and extensively touring the State and other parts of the country.

Countries Visited :

Visited a large number of countries i.e., United States of America, United Kingdom., Israel, Egypt, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, China, Seychelles, Myanmar, South Africa, Vatican City, Romania, Belarus, Armenia, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago.


Elected to 10th Lok Sabha, Chairperson, House Committee, Lok Sabha

8 November, 2004

Governor of Rajasthan

Other Positions held

President- P.C.C. Maharashtra 1988-1990, Director of National Federation of Urban Cooperative Banks & Credit Societies, Member of Governing Council, National Cooperative Union of India.

Social & Cultural Activities 

  • Welfare of Women, established a Hostel for working women in Mumbai and Delhi.
  • Engineering College at Jalgaon for the benefit of the rural youth.
  • Managing Trustee, Shram Sadhana Trust.
  • Chief Promoter and Chairperson of a Sugar Factory in Jalgaon District, Maharashtra.
  • Established Mahila Vikas Mahamandal, a Government owned Corporation
  • Industrial Training School for Blind in Jalgaon and Managing a School for poor children of Vimukta Jamatis & Nomadic Tribes.
  • Establishment of Mahila Cooperative Bank at Jalgaon, Maharashtra, while a Minister in the Govt. of Maharasthra, established Govt. owned Corporation Mahila Vikas Mahamandal.
  • Development of Rural Economy, Welfare of Women
  • Champion in table tennis during college days and won shields in Inter-college tournaments. 

Countries Visited

  • Attended International Council of Social Welfare Conference, Nairobi and Puerto Rico.
  • Leader, Delegation to Austria on Status of Women.
  • Conference Member, A.I.C.C. (1).
  • Delegation to Bulgaria, 1985
  • Attended Commonwealth Presiding Officers Conference, London, 1988
  • Attended World Women conference at Beijing, China.

* Elected as 13th President of India

Updated July 22, 2007